2nd Semi Finals: Australia have won the toss and elected to bat



Australia have won the toss first and have elected to bat first! Both the sides are unchanged and will play with the same XI.

India and Australia will meet in the second semi final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at the Sydney Cricket ground.

The two sides last met in a warm up game at Adelaide, in which Australia emerged victorious by 106 runs courtesy a whirlwind century by Glenn Maxwell.Australia have lost just once so far, and that was when traveling away from home to take on New Zealand.

Last times these two teams met in a World Cup knock out game, India came out victorious at home soil. It is redemption time for the Aussies. They were defeated in quarters last year and this is the best stage to revenge defeat as they play in home conditions now.

Both the sides have won their respective quarter finals in grand style. Australia's six-wicket win over Pakistan at Quarter finals. Meanwhile, India sealed a place in the semi final with an easy win over Bangladesh.

MS Dhoni will be looking to extend his unbeaten win as captain in the World Cup, whereas the Aussies would be looking to win this one and meet New Zealand for a potential rematch. An exciting contest awaits!

PITCH REPORT
It is a hard wicket with good bounce and carry. Spin will be minimal. It will be good for batting and will barely degrade after the first innings.
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Number facts: Australia Vs India - Semi finals


1 ODIs won by India against Australia out of the 13 played between them at the SCG. That solitary win came in the first final of the tri-series in 2008. India's win-loss ratio of 0.083 against Australia at the SCG is their worst at any venue where the two teams have played more than two ODIs.

10-30 India's win-loss record against Australia in Australia; their last win came at the Adelaide Oval in 2012. India's win-loss ratio of 0.33 in ODIs against Australia in Australia is their second-worst against any team in away games. They have done worse only against South Africa in South Africa, winning five and losing 21 ODIs for a win-loss ratio of 0.24.

0 World Cup semi-finals lost by Australia out of the six they have played. The only semi-final they didn't win was the famous tied game in the 1999 World Cup against South Africa. India have appeared in five World Cup semi-finals and won three, including their last-two - against Kenya in 2003 and against Pakistan in 2011.

1-1 India's record against Australia in World Cup knockouts. They lost to Australia in the 2003 finals and beat them in the quarter-finals in 2011. Apart from India, Sri Lanka and West Indies are the only teams to beat Australia in a World Cup knockout match.

8-2 Australia's record at the SCG in their last 10 ODIs here. Both their losses had come against Sri Lanka, before the hosts won their last encounter with Sri Lanka in a league match of this World Cup. South Africa, India, West Indies and England are the other teams to lose to Australia in their last 10 ODIs here.

1-9 Teams' win-loss record batting first at the SCG in day-night games, excluding the two games when Australia scored 376 against Sri Lanka and South Africa scored 408 against West Indies in the league stage of the World Cup. Besides these two matches, teams batting first in day-night games at this venue have won only once since 2011: Australia defended a target of 253 against India in 2012.

165 Runs added by Australia's opening wicket in this World Cup; they have had only one fifty partnership in six matches. Their openers have collectively scored 513 runs at an average of 42.75 including two centuries. But 313 of those runs came in two innings - David Warner's 178 against Afghanistan and Aaron Finch's 135 against England. In 10 other innings, Australia's openers together have scored 200 runs at an average of 20 with a highest of 47 that came against Scotland.

18.14 India's average opening stand against Australia at the SCG in 14 innings. There have been only two fifty stands by India's openers at this venue with the last one coming between Sachin Tendulkar and Robin Uthappa in 2008. The last century opening stand by an Indian pair against Australia in Australia came in 2004 when Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag added 103 runs at the MCG.

81.92 India's batting average in overs 11 to 40 in this World Cup, easily the best for any team in these overs. The next-best team is Sri Lanka, who averaged 49.91 runs per wicket. India have scored at a run-rate of 5.76 in these overs. Australia have also done well in these overs scoring at a rate of 6.49 - the best by any team and have a healthy average of 48.36 per wicket.

0 Wickets India have lost in the batting Powerplay in this World Cup - the only team not to lose a wicket in these overs. India have scored 227 runs at a rate of 7.36 runs in batting Powerplays. Australia too have done well in these overs having lost just one wicket in four Powerplays. They have hit 157 runs at 7.85 runs an over - the second-best scoring rate for any team after South Africa's scoring rate of 9.43 runs an over.

21.64 India's bowling average in this World Cup - the best their bowlers have averaged in any of the 11 World Cups. Their previous-best in a World Cup was in 1983 when their bowlers took 68 wickets at an average of 22.51. India's bowlers have taken 65 wickets at an economy of 4.59 in this World Cup. India are the one of two teams - the other being New Zealand - in this World Cup against whom a total of 300 or more hasn't been scored in this World Cup.

41 Wickets taken by Mitchell Johnson against India in ODIs - the most he has taken against any team. Johnson has dismissed Suresh Raina five times in 51 deliveries in ODIs, which equals the most any bowler has dismissed Raina. The last time Johnson bowled at India in ODIs in Australia was in a tri-series in 2008 when he got six wickets at 33.66 runs apiece.

15.6 Mitchell Starc's bowling strike-rate in this World Cup - the second best for a bowler to take at least 10 wickets in any World Cup. Only Gary Gilmour, who took 11 wickets in his 24 overs in the 1975 World Cup, did better than Starc. Starc's ten wickets against India in ODIs in Australia have come at an average of 17.20 including a 6 for 43 at the MCG earlier this year.

18.80 Virat Kohli's batting average in ODIs against Australia in Australia. He has scored 94 runs from six innings with a highest of 31. Outside Australia, Kohli averages 75.14 against them and has scored three hundreds and two fifties in nine innings.

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List of Batsmen Scoring centuries in World Cup 2015

Martin Guptill (NZ) 237* Vs West Indies - Top Scorer in World Cup

  1. Aaron Finch (Australia) 135 off 128 balls against England at Melbourne on Feb 14
  2. David Miller (SA) 138* off 92 balls against Zimbabwe at Hamilton on Feb 15
  3. JP Duminy (SA) 115* off 100 balls against Zimbabwe at Hamilton on Feb 15
  4. Virat Kohli (India) 107 off 126 balls against Pakistan at Adelaide on Feb 15
  5. Lendl Simmons (West Indies) 102 off 84 balls against Ireland at Nelson on Feb 16
  6. Mahela Jayawardena (Sri Lanka) 100 off 120 balls against Afghanistan at Dunedin on Feb 22
  7. Shikhar Dhawan (India) 137 off 146 balls against South Africa at Melbourne on Feb 22
  8. Moeen Ali (England) 128 off 107 balls against Scotland at Christchurch on Feb 23
  9. Chris Gayle (West Indies) 215 off 147 balls against Zimbawe at Canberra on Feb 24
  10. Marlon Samuels (West Indies) 133 off 156 balls against Zimbabwe at Canberra on Feb 24
  11. Shaiman Anwar (UAE) 106 off 83 balls against Ireland at Brisbane on Feb 25
  12. Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL) 161* off 146 balls against Bangladesh at Melbourne on Feb 26
  13. Kumar Sangakkara (SL) 105* off 76 balls against Bangladesh at Melbourne on Feb 26
  14. AB de Villiers (SA) 162* off 66 balls against West Indies at Sydney on Feb 27
  15. Joe Root (England) 121 off 108 balls against Sri Lanka at Wellington on Mar 1
  16. Lahiru Thirimanne (Sri Lanka) 139* off 143 balls against England at Wellington on March 1
  17. Kumar Sangakkara (SL) 117* off 86 balls against Eng at Wellington on March 1
  18. Hashim Amla (SA) 159 off 128 balls against Ireland at Canberra on March 3
  19. Francois du Plessis (SA) 109 off 109 balls against Ireland at Canberra on March 3
  20. David Warner (Aus) 130 off 104 balls against Afghanistan at Perth on March 4
  21. Kyle Coetzer (Sco) 156 off 134 balls against Bangladesh at Nelson on March 5
  22. Ed Joyce (Ireland) 112 off 103 balls against Zimbabwe at Hobart on March 7
  23. Brendan Taylor (Zim) 121 off 91 balls against Ireland at Hobart on March 7
  24. Glenn Maxwell (Aus) 102 off 53 balls against Sri Lanka at Sydney on March 8
  25. Kumar Sangakkara (SL) 104 off 107 balls against Australia at Sydney on March 8
  26. Mahmudullah (Bangladesh) 103 off 138 balls against England at Adelaide on March 9
  27. Shikhar Dhawan (India) 100 off 85 balls against Ireland at Hamilton on March 10
  28. Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL) 104 off 99 balls against Scotland at Hobart on March 11
  29. Kumar Sangakkara (SL) 124 off 95 balls against Scotland at Hobart on March 11
  30. Mohammad Mahmudullah (Bangla) 128* off 123 balls against NZ at Hamilton on March 13
  31. Martin Guptill (NZ) 105 off 100 balls against Bangladesh at Hamilton on March 13
  32. Brendan Taylor (Zim) 138 off 110 balls against India at Auckland on March 14
  33. Suresh Raina (India) 110 off 104 balls against Zimbabwe at Auckland on March 14
  34. William Porterfield (Ireland) 107 off 131 balls against Pakistan at Adelaide on March 15
  35. Sarfraz Ahmed (Pakistan) 101* off 124 balls against Ireland at Adelaide on March 15
  36. Rohit Sharma (India) 137 off 126 balls against Bangladesh at Melbourne on Melbourne on March 19 [Quarter-final]
  37. Martin Guptill (New Zealand) 237* off 163 balls against West Indies at Wellington on March 21 [Quarter-final]
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2nd Quarter Finals: India won toss and elected to bat first

Hello and a very warm welcome to everybody for the big game between India and Bangladesh! The defending champions take on Asian minnows Bangladesh in the second quarter final of the World Cup 2015, at Melbourne. The Indians are coming off a stupendous winning streak in the group stages. They have won all the 6 games and have topped their Pool A. Bangladesh, on the other hand, finished last in the Pool B but against the odds, defeated England and hogged their spot.

With India still unbeaten in the tournament the World Champions will be more than happy to face neighbours Bangladesh in the quarter-finals.

India have won the toss and have elected to bat first! India go with an unchanged side. Bangladesh have made a solitary change. The usual skipper, Mashrafe Mortaza, replaced Taijul Islam in the only change to the Bangladesh XI that ran the undefeated New Zealand close.

TEAMS:

India 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Ajinkya Rahane, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Mohit Sharma, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Umesh Yadav

Bangladesh 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Soumya Sarkar, 4 Mahmudullah, 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 7 Sabbir Rahman, 8 Nasir Hossain, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt.), 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Taskin Ahmed
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2nd Quarter-final: Bangladesh aim to fell a giant



Bangladesh are playing their first knockout match in ICC tournament. On the otherside India look to hold on to their winning momentum and register their seventh win on the trot in the tournament, Bangladesh would aim to upset the defending champions just like they did way back in the group stages of 2007.

India, on the other hand, are playing their 10th under MS Dhoni's captaincy. Dhoni, with eight wins from nine matches (Champions Trophy, World T20 and World Cup) is level with Ricky Ponting, whose eight wins have come from 11 games.

STATS AND TRIVIA:
  • India has the numerical advantage. Since the famous upset in Trinidad (World Cup 2007), these teams have met 13 times. The only Bangladeshi success came at the Asia Cup in March 2012, a game in which Sachin Tendulkar scored his 100th and last international hundred.
  • India’s batting star Virat Kohli has played Bangladesh six times. He has three centuries and an average of 126, including an 82-ball hundred in the inaugural match of the 2011 World Cup.
  • This is Bangladesh's 300th ODI. They played India in their 100th (2004) and 150th ODI (2007), winning both games
  • Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah has scored 344 runs from five games in this World Cup, more than anyone from India. Five of Bangladesh's top 10 aggregates for batsmen in a World Cup have come in this tournament.

TEAMS (PROBABLE)
  • Bangladesh (probable) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Soumya Sarkar, 4 Mahmudullah, 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 7 Sabbir Rahman, 8 Arafat Sunny/Nasir Hossain, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Taskin Ahmed
  • India (probable) 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Ajinkya Rahane, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Mohit Sharma, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Umesh Yadav

PITCH AND CONDITIONS:

The pitch for the quarter-final is the same one that was used in the Bangladesh-Sri Lanka Group A game. It's expected to be flat and full of runs. However, teams would keep an eye on the weather as some showers are forecast for Thursday afternoon and evening.
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